MU Council April 17

posted by: Joan | on: Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 13:05


Our main speaker from Broxbourne Food Bank

Our main speaker from Broxbourne Food Bank

Around 80 people met together in St Cedd’s Hall for an evening meeting of MU Council. It was lovely once again, to meet and greet friends who we may only ever see on occasions like this. It was also good to be able to catch up on all the recent happenings in and around the Diocese.

The meeting began at 8pm sharp with Judith our President welcoming us all to the meeting. The meeting continued with a short prayer read by Revd Edward Carter to celebrate St George’s Day and some prayers for the meeting, He also said a few words in general before our MU Chaplain had to dash off to enhance his thespian skills.

Our main speaker Elaine, who works at the Broxbourne Food Bank gave us lots of information and stories about her work there. Elaine said that the Food Bank started quite small some years ago and has since moved into a large warehouse from where they can care for many more people. We were told that everyone who works for the Foodbank is a volunteer and that they have almost 100 people on their books who can be called upon if needed. The need for food has risen massively over the years and so the need for donations are ever more urgent. Donated food and other items come from many local churches, supermarkets and from people who just want to help. Since acquiring a larger store-house, along with food they now supply adults and children’s clothing, bedding and kitchen equipment, baby food, clothes and baby-needs, sleeping bags, blankets and they make up food parcel’s that can be distributed where needed. They can also supply cat and dog food and some foods for people on special diets.

Following the main feature, Merrill who is passionate about the Mothers’ Union spoke about the need for each and every one of us to drum up interest in keeping the Mothers’ Union alive, and to help support the meetings and special events as much as possible.

Judith our president ended the meeting by going through the Unit Reports. Judith who is totally committed to the Mothers’ Union didn’t want to end on a low note, but said how concerned she is by the falling membership which means a sharp fall in the amount of subscriptions coming in, much needed cash to help run the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese. Judith reminded us that without a Treasurer the MU cannot exist and so appealed to anyone or to someone you might know who would be prepared to take on this very important task. There are also other vacancies that need to be filled and has asked anyone who would be interested to speak to her… Judith finished her talk by thanking everyone who helped make the evening so enjoyable.

Judith ended the meeting with Compline, meaning Night Prayer – Amen.


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